Former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh bearing the green flag, being shown the way by the Eco Clubs Coordinator in Delhi Government Dr. B.C. Sabata. This image is metaphorical since interest in environment has been at its peak from the time Shri Jairam Ramesh were appointed the Environment Minister while the tremendously successful decades long Eco Clubs programmes of the Government of Delhi is responsible for environmentally aware and sensitive Delhi youth of today. Our planet today is facing several environmental problems due to an ever increasing population and rapid pace of ‘development’. This calls for developing a responsible behavior towards Nature and Natural Resources and it is now essential to adopt a harmonious and solution-oriented approach towards the environmental i
The United Nations Environment Programme, UNESCO and Samsung Engineering are teaming up to start a visual conversation in Asia and the Pacific around sustainable development – to engage young people in sustainable actions that results in positive environmental benefits in their local communities through art. To begin with, a digital poster-making competition that captures environmental issues and/or encourages sustainable action in areas such as energy, waste and water, has been envisioned. The purpose of the contest is to engage youth to share their story of how, in their own capacity, to address environmental issues in their communities or countries. The theme of the Digital Poster-making competition is: Sustainable action in areas such as energy, waste and water. There are two su
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is organizing a Digital Photo Contest on the theme of ‘Water and Life' to celebrate its 30th Anniversary. This contest coincides with the United Nation’s International Year of Water Cooperation 2013. The photo contest is aimed at drawing the attention of the public, policymakers and relevant stakeholders to diverse aspects of water and related resources in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region in terms of their uses and benefits; various ways they interact with society and ecosystems; and associated hazards, conflicts, and issues, not to mention good practices on water and related risk management, including water cooperation. The photo contest is open to anybody from anywhere in the world as long as he/she is 18 y
Medha Patkar and Arvind Kejriwal holding a panel discussion at the Conference. Also seen is Mr. SA Naqvi of Citizens Front for Water Democracy The debate on water privatization is an ongoing debate of public interest not only in India but globally as well. Supporters of privatization argue that water should be viewed as an economic good and hence commoditized. However, as recently as in 2010, the United Nations has recognized the right to water as a basic human right. This raises certain difficult and critical questions over the need and implications of privatizing water in Delhi. This was the central focus during a day long conference on 'Water Privatization: Learning from India and International Experiences' which was recently organized at the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi.
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 42 (starting October 15, 2012) 2012. 1. Tree census in Delhi soon A tree census may soon be conducted in Delhi in a bid to curb the declining number of trees in residential colonies, an official has said, even as the UN has placed the national capital in the bottom half of the world green index. 2. Delhi ranks last in world green index: UN report This will puncture Delhi's carefully crafted claim of being an environmentally friendly city on the basis of the widely prevalent greenery. 3. Delhi, Mumbai far from being truly prosperous: UN report India’s mega-cities may be engines of growth for the nation’s economy but by another measure they are far from being truly prosperous, according to a
Delhi Greens welcomes all its members, subscribers and readers to a happy and warm New Year! 2012 should necessarily be an year of hope and survival amidst the popular '2012 apocalyptic' belief based upon an interpretation of the Mesoamerican (Mayan) Long Count calendar. 2012 is challenging because the now 100 year 'young' "Delhi capital" enters the next phase of its existence as the political nerve center of the world's largest democracy. The year 2012 also marks the closing of the first commitment period of the climate change related Kyoto Protocol, which will now enter a second commitment period post 2012. The year 2012 has been declared as the International year of Cooperatives by the United Nations. Cooperatives are business enterprises owned and controlled by the very members
Monitoring of Antarctic ozone hole by Global Ozone Monitoring Instrument since 1995 September 16 is declared as the International Ozone Day (International Day for the Preservation of Ozone layer) by the United Nations and is celebrated across the planet as a day for generating awareness on the delicate ozone layer that surrounds the Earth and protects us from harmful solar radiations. Ozone, a triatomic molecule consisting of three Oxygen molecules is a pollutant in the lower atmosphere ("bad ozone") and poses health and environmental risks. However, ozone in the upper atmosphere is critical to our existence ("good ozone") as it prevents potentially damaging electromagnetic radiation from reaching the Earth's surface. The standard way to express total ozone levels (the amount of ozo...
Let the Sun Rise to a Green Morning at India Gate this World Environment Day! The Union Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) and the Department of Environment (DoE), Govt. of NCT of Delhi invite every resident of Planet Earth to a Green Walkathon on the occasion of World Environment Day 2011. The Green Walkathon will be flagged off from India Gate at 6.30 am and will go on till Rafi Marg before returning to the India Gate lawns. Date: 5th June, 2011 (Sunday) Time: Registration begins at 5.30 am, Walkathon begins at 6.30 am Venue: India Gate, New Delhi A walk through the lush greens of India Gate gives an insight to the environment of New Delhi but also reminds of the degrading status of green spaces and environmental resources in the rest of Delhi and the countr
It is that time of the year when activities carried out towards environment protection climax, and rejuvenate with even greater enthusiasm. As the calendar changes to the month of June, concerned people from around the world await the 5th date of the month to be celebrated as the World Environment Day (WED). WED is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action, involving everyone from everywhere. WED celebrations first began in 1972 and has since then grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. The WED 2011 is even more special for those living in India and in the India
Demonstration advocating vegetarian diet to prevent climate change outside the Bella Center, Copenhagen during COP15 There has always been mountains of evidence to prove that a vegetarian diet is a healthy natural diet of humans. And now there is yet another compelling reason to GO VEG: To Save the Planet. All of us these days have access to information over the internet, and we all know how to also find the reliable facts amidst all that goes on online. I googled to educate myself on the pros and cons of the choice of our diet and am presenting some of what I found in this article. But before we go on to the statistics I want you to imagine a rabbit, a beautiful furry white one on a table, would you really want to pounce on it, tear its flesh and eat it? Have you ever pondered ...